Don’t avoid all sun exposure
Vitamin D just won’t get out of the news. I
posted about it a couple of weeks ago, and here I am commenting again on something else I read.
Actually, a friend sent me
a link to a health care blog that referred to a recently-published study out of Sweden. Swedish melanoma researchers followed almost 30,000 women (I’m not sure why just women) … read on The latest stand on vitamin D screening
Over the last year and a half, I’ve written several posts on vitamin D, and here’s another one.
Last week the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its
draft recommendation statement on vitamin D screening. (After a short comment period, a final recommendation will be made later this year. Rarely do these differ from the draft versions.)
Screening for vitamin …
read on Every time I pick up a half gallon of non-organic, low fat milk (whichever brand is on sale) I have to reach over the more expensive product—the organic, DHA-fortified cartons of milk.
I first noticed this trend to fortify milk with DHA, a form of omega-3 fatty acid, a couple of years ago. You can also buy DHA-fortified eggs, breakfast cereals, orange juice, or DHA-fortified baby formula and baby foods.…
read on Research says it’s not healthier
I’m always conflicted at the grocery store.
Should I spend the extra money on fruits and vegetables labeled “organic”? Or should I just buy “conventionally-grown” produce at the lower price?
I don’t mind paying premium for the best flavor, such as fresh peaches or tomatoes from local growers tha
t boast organic and sustainable farming practices.
But broccoli, apples, bananas? Can anyone really tell the …
read on Nuts associated with longer, healthier lives Last November, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published the results of a huge observational study that showed a lower death rate among people who ate several servings of nuts (including peanuts) every week.
Previous studies have pointed to other health benefits of nuts: reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The NEJM is the first study that looked specifically at death …
read on For most, multivitamins are a waste of money
I’m always trying to do two things:
Save my money Be healthy
It’s not easy when everything about health care costs so much.
So I really don’t want to throw money away on expensive drugstore products that are poorly regulated (if at all) by the FDA, and whose benefits are not supported by the latest scientific research.
… Related post: The Quack Miranda read on Buy healthy food and skip the vitamins
Last week two news stories caught my attention.
First, medical experts have (once again) come out saying that the
evidence does not support taking supplemental vitamins to reduce your risk of heart disease or cancer.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the government panel that provides guidelines to the public on such things as preventive care and screening tests,
has recently … read on Supermarkets can be scary
Today is Halloween, and I just watched the most terrifying movie! 😯
No, it wasn’t
Carrie or Paranormal Activity 4. It was , an exposé of America’s food industry—the multinational, fast-food and junk-food-supporting, animal-abusing, politically-subsidized conglomerations that produce the majority of our food products. Food, Inc.
The film maker, Robert Kenner, points out that the average supermarket contains 47,000 items, but most are made by just …
read on It seems to have been a busy week in health care news, and I found it difficult to settle on what interested me the most. But here are my picks: Coke for breakfast?
Apparently that is
one of the marketing strategies Coca-Cola is considering to increase its sales in the United Kingdom. It is not clear whether they mean to actually pitch the idea that a Coke would be a … read on How are farming and medicine alike?
I just finished reading a thoughtful and informative book by Harvard-educated physician, Daphne Miller, MD. In
Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, she makes an analogy between the “complex and dynamic” systems of soil and modern farming practices, and the human body and modern medicine.
After reading a book about soil ecosystems, Dr. Miller was struck by …